La cueva del Tesoro de El Rincón de la Victoria (Málaga): un paraíso para la biodiversidad microbiana

The research carried out by the IRNAS research group “Environmental Microbiology and Cultural Heritage”  at Cueva del Tesoro in the framework of the agreement signed with the City Council of El Rincón de la Victoria for the study on the development removal and cleaning of phototrophic organisms in the Cueva del Tesoro, have brought to light a microbial diversity higher than expected, with novel species as Aspergillus thesauricus and Aspergillus baeticus among fungi, and three bacterial species currently under study, which will be published as novel species in a near future. Strains of these species have been deposited in European collections and described tentatively as Acinetobacter thesauricus, Bacillus thesauricus and Paracoccus speluncae. Everything seems to indicate that increased dedication to taxonomic studies will allow in the future the discovery of more bacterial species in the cave. Tesoro

The particular diversity of the cave has led researchers to propose the creation of a series of biodiversity reserves, so that they could be compatible with the conservation of the rock paintings that houses the cave. In the same way, the study indicates the areas to be cleaned, the methods to be used and proposed a new lighting in order to minimize the impact on the future of the “green sickness”.

In addition, in the final report have collaborated researchers of the University of Barcelona and the Royal Botanic Garden (CSIC).

The links that follow show the impact on the mass media of the research agreement:

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